Poor man's 13 pin video connector

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Poor man's 13 pin video connector

Postby misjah » Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:54 am

Hello Atarists. I got my Atari 520ST (finally) but without PSU and any cable or mouse. I couldn`t find these anywhere in my country and didn`t have patience and money to order online, so I decided to make my own PSU, cables and connectors from my junkyard to test out Atari. For power supply I used old PC AT supply, wiring is pretty simple but I removed all molex cables and just took out two cables for both atari and external floppy drive.
For creating 13-pin connector I used this: one male DB15 for pins (ripped off of old nintendo/famicom console), hot glue gun, paper-ish scotch tape (for painting) and ordinary DIN connector from AT keyboard (huuge ps/2). Oh yeah, pliers, marker pen and scalpel.
Here are the parts prepared:

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I just took out pins from DB15 connector with pliers and cut them to be equal. (a little measuring is needed so they don`t go too long). It is possible to use any simmilar connector, like for atari or commodore 64. The next thing I did is tearing apart keyboard`s connector with scalpel and just keeping metal tube-like part for case sheld. When everything is ready, a little circle of scotch tape is needed on atari`s connector so the glue will not stuck. Little cut pins are now applied in every hole of atari`s connector and all lined up:

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It`s time for hot glue now. A little tape is needed around the connector for possible plastic leaking. The glue is applied from every angle and side so there are no air gaps. After cooling up it looks something like this:

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I just removed extra plastic with scalpel and cleaned connectors for soldering. The connector is almost done but it needs housing. Any will work, even the original one that was cut off. After soldering wires housing needs to be filled up with hot plastic.
Here`s the finished connector:

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It looks pretty much like real one....
I hope this helps people who can`t get original cable or connector. I can also post pics and info about making your own external power supply if anyone is interested. Cheers! (and sorry for my bad Eng)

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Re: Poor man's 13 pin video connector

Postby joska » Wed Sep 09, 2009 6:20 am

Very clever! A very useful trick. How did you solder the wires to this connector? While it's plugged it? I would assume that the hot glue would melt/soften while soldering. Perhaps epoxy would be better than hotglue for this, although epoxy tends to be quite messy to work with.
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Re: Poor man's 13 pin video connector

Postby misjah » Wed Sep 09, 2009 9:44 am

Just low power iron and quick soldering (and a little bit of soldering paste for quick applying)

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Re: Poor man's 13 pin video connector

Postby nativ » Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:14 am

Hi,

I guess you can use the 'FIMO' modelling clay, available in art shops. That you bake in the oven.

Any good?

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Re: Poor man's 13 pin video connector

Postby misjah » Wed Sep 09, 2009 1:42 pm

Don`t think that will do the job. It`s very hard and easy breakable and can slip from metal casing.... unless glued to it. It also needs to be liquid so it will fill the gaps between pins.

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Re: Poor man's 13 pin video connector

Postby simbo » Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:02 am

lol

well thats nice

better than spending 3 euros +post on ebay for anyday

you can get 50 off this plug for 79euros
sell then at 3.5euros each plus post on ebay

who knows

man i think this is cool

can you make one for the dam 19pin dma external

now this would be popular for sure !!!!

:cheers:

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Re: Poor man's 13 pin video connector

Postby BoNuS » Fri Sep 25, 2009 6:36 am

Very nice piece of DIY :)
Look like the real deal to me !

I might suggest a DIY SCSI-II next time :lol:
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Re: Poor man's 13 pin video connector

Postby misjah » Fri Sep 25, 2009 7:39 pm

Well 3 euros is not problem. About 20 euros for shipment to my, excuse my french, crappy country is a bit to much.

I`m not familiar with plugs and hardware you are takling about. Maybe I could make that, too.
I only have 520ST, no extensions and stuff, at the moment. (and 2600 :) )

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Re: Poor man's 13 pin video connector

Postby MiggyMog » Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:29 pm

Try here for 13 pin Connecters & some other neat stuff.

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